Dance…A Universal Language

For those of you who are taking courses in school and learning another language other than English, I’ve got good news for you! If you also study ballroom dance and dancesport and wish to become a professional dancer, you are halfway there. In other words, when you perform professionally as a dancer, it transcends all language barriers and you are instantly and universally understood. Of course if you choose to continue learning other languages, the more power to you. You may be able to one day, order lunch for yourself in that country.

That being said, your performance also speaks volumes about you (think Sochi 2014 Olympics). The Olympics is a good example of professional athletes all coming together for everyone to see. It is an event that is viewed by millions of people across the world. No matter what language you speak, the message is loud and clear! People with ability are there to perform in competition for the entire universe. It is truly an amazing and incredibly positive event. The best of the best are there and it is a marvelous sight to see. As a side note, it is our dream at the Fordney Foundation, to one day see Ballroom Dance/Dancesport become a category at the Olympics. It is something we constantly work on. Who knows, you might be one of our pioneers!

Just like the athletes, being a professional dancer comes with responsibilities. You have a chance to be an ambassador of good will with your friendship and showmanship. Be sure to be open, kind and understanding as you face each new challenge everywhere you go. After all, dancing is entertainment and you hold up the light, so to speak. Dancing is peaceful, beautiful, and artistic expression. It also makes people happy. You are on the amiable side of diplomacy.

Of course you will be going nowhere if you are not an excellent dancer. Performing for the world is an honor and privilege. If you have dreams of performing on stage universally, then you must speak the universal language. And that is, know thine craft to the tee. Be a creator, bring passion and intrigue to your art and believe me, the world will take notice and embrace you.

So when you feel that learning that new language in school is just a little too hard or overwhelming, that’s okay, you’re a dancer; you can let your feet do the talking for you!

Thought Of The Week:

Doing what you like is Freedom. Liking what you do is Happiness.



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website